I received this book via the publisher, Huqua Press. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.When We Stayed Home by Tara Fass LMFT, Judith A. Proffer
Illustrator: Yoko Matsuoka
Published by Huqua Press on 2020-09-22
Length: 50 pages
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With whimsical illustrations and relatable prose, When We Stayed Home helps young children navigate all of their great big feelings and cheer themselves on during the upheaval of pandemic, honoring their role as the "super-helpers" they are by washing their hands, wearing masks, social distancing and staying home. Along with the family dog as his trusty sidekick, When We Stayed Home's super-helper builds virus-free forts, decorates silly toilet paper-shaped cookies, enjoys screen visits and dance parties with family and friends, and relies on his resourceful creativity and imagination to weather the virus storm. Children ages 3-8 will recognize their own experiences and emotions as they see our super-helper paint endless pictures and draw chalk art, read books and do puzzles, wave hello to masked neighbors, play under a bluer-than-usual sky, and feel all the feelings as they miss school, playgrounds, and friends and family staying at home in their own houses. Inspired by co-author Proffer's resilient five year-old nephew, who continued to find moments of comfort and mirth in home, nature, adventures and activities even while longing for the virus to go far, far away. Co-writer Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist Fass worked with families during the pandemic to maneuver its bumpy road with tools, optimism and hope.
A relevant story for our time in history, When We Stayed Home is written for the children who are anxious and trying to make sense of this pandemic. Told from the perspective of one little boy and his dog, the story walks through the beginning stages of the lockdown and how by staying home, he and others became super helpers. The little boy discusses how as a “super helper” he wore a mask when going out to the store, the activities he did and adventures his imagination took him on, and how he stayed in touch with his family and friends while home. It even goes into what he misses most.
Overall, I love how the authors explore all of this through the eyes of a child. We’ve all been feeling the things expressed in this book, however told from the viewpoint of a child, it makes it relevant to them. To know they are not alone in their situation, I believe, will go a long way in helping ease the anxiety of children who may still be on lockdown or as they adjust to a new normal. When We Stayed Home is an important story that can create conversations with little ones as they return to schools and begin to discuss their own adventures over the last several months.